Mazda Ibuki, Daihatsu Copen 1.3 : News & Reports : Motoring : Web Wombat

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18-inch alloys cover large brakes

Mazda’s MZR hybrid makes 132kW

What is it small-but-quick cars? They’re popular, both in convertible and varieties, and the market segment showing any signs of abating.

a look at Mazda’s MX-5, or Clio Sport for a good – they sell by the because they’re affordable and appeal to the eye.

Their wheelbases and rigid chassis gift them with nimble and indeed confidence-inspiring capabilities, while their size makes navigation and a breeze, and compact engines reduce fuel consumption.

and Mazda have always keen on the small car, and these relationships could be described as love affairs, is the commitment.

This devotion to and increasingly sporty vehicles is illustrated in two new cars from the marques, both models at future design philosophies and technologies.

To start with, Mazda has its Ibuki concept a Near Concept Roadster, which that a visually toned-down could hit the roads in the next years.

Moreover, Isao (a key member of the Ibuki development and who also played an important in the development of Mazda RX-8) Mazda Ibuki is not simply a of what the future has in store. It is an statement of the kind of roadster could be building before long.

And it only takes one at the Ibuki concept to guess three characters will be the rag-top’s flanks: MX-5.

shown at the 2003 Tokyo Show in Chiba prefecture, the keeps many of the current model year) MX-5’s cues, such as the short and rear overhangs and similar dimensions.

The snub-nosed front end is more of the original 1989 Mazda though head and tail tell a more modern and the centrally-mounted split oval pipes look absolutely

18-inch magnesium alloy fitted with run-flat help reduce unsprung and give the miniature Mazda a determined stance at the same

The Ibuki, whose name from a Japanese word refers to breathing new energy and adding vigor, is likely to even more impressive dynamics than that of the pliable MX-5, due largely to an centre of gravity.

The Mazda team behind the Ibuki use of the front-midship engine layout in the Mazda RX-8, where the bulk is placed slightly the front axle.

Compared to the Roadster/MX-5, the engine is located 400mm more rearward and lower.

Sadly, the Ibuki doesn’t delivery of Mazda’s rapid and 1.3-litre rotary engine, but the engine used instead be far from dull.

In keeping a low-weight theme, the Ibuki packs an MZR 1.6-litre, inline engine, with 4-valves per and sequential valve timing and for both intake and exhaust

The engine also gets an electric hybrid motor improves acceleration and partly to control engine vibration, for the use of a lighter flywheel for quicker response. And, like other hybrid engines, deceleration the motor functions as a using the heat energy the brakes to recharge the battery.

All considered, 132kW @ 7500rpm too shabby for such a small-capacity while 180Nm @ 6000rpm provide the Ibuki with of shove, particularly when you that it’s a lightweight making use of materials like aluminium and reinforced plastic.

The hybrid petrol/electric engine is to a six-speed manual transmission weighs less than the MX-5 gearbox and has reinforced to give a decisive yet smooth feel.

Daihatsu Copen

In an effort to advance in open-top vehicles, the Ibuki team decided to installed a active roll bar into the pillars and rear cowl Simply put, it instantly up under impact sensor to reduce occupants’ injuries in the of a rollover.

Powerful LED headlamps give improved visibility, and a now de keyless entry ID card it that future car feel so many at the Tokyo Motor aim for.

Daihatsu’s more 103kW ‘sports’ Copen

meanwhile, has leaked info for its performance model Copen with engine capacity from 659cc to 1300cc almost double the size.

The top secret performance Copen’s has not yet been divulged, but you can be sure be something annoyingly cute or

In line with the bigger the new performance model Copen a slightly lower ride, racing seats, aero extras and an oversized spoiler, alloy wheels and a mild bulge on the bonnet.

While the Copen weighs 830kg, the model may get a further reduction in though judging by the bodykit unless they’re fabricated carbon fibre this is

The new 1.3-litre turbo engine endow the Copen with a more decisive personality, as has more than doubled to the bigger DOHC power

Where the 659cc inline mill made 47kW of the bigger 1.3-litre turbo makes 103kW @ an as-yet engine revolutions p/minute, but it to peak around 6000rpm (a points out peak power @ 6400rpm, while redline is

Torque has also increased from 110Nm to 170Nm, @ 3200rpm in both engines, should help push its times below 8.0 seconds.

a mighty midget would been unfeasible in markets of Asia five years but as cities get bigger, fuel more expensive and real – especially in the Nihon becomes harder to come by, will continue to become efficient out of necessity.

And while the is becoming smaller and smaller, compact and micro four-wheelers are being seen as fashionable, and very cool. Cars the Mercedes-owned Smart Roadster, the new Copen and even Mazda’s concept all point towards a dominated by low-emissions, eco-friendly as heavier, larger cars phased out.

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